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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New tap handles
« on: March 28, 2015, 02:13:11 PM »
Nice! Very inventive. I suppose that the best part is preparing the stock: IE emptying the bottles. ;)

How did you attach the hardware?

threaded part epoxy in the bottle

General Homebrew Discussion / New tap handles
« on: March 28, 2015, 01:49:17 PM »
Made the first one up today with a local brewery here and the Cleveland Cavaliers label IPA bottle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bugging me
« on: March 28, 2015, 06:58:25 AM »
not to mention that you've probably eaten more bugs in your life than you know. anything flying it into the kettle will boil up and be harmless to you and beer IMO.  don't sweat it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegs on sale
« on: March 27, 2015, 04:16:51 PM »
Perhaps used kegs will become less expensive, in the $40 range as a result of the new keg pricing. Still a lot of new keg prices out there over $100....crazy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Saxony, not Bavaria
« on: March 27, 2015, 04:11:56 PM »
I asked my friend and basically factory or working yeast. Can be both top or bottom fermenting, depending on the context.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Honey Smacks Beer??!?
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:57:34 PM »
it's homebrew. It should be fun. If you want to try it, then go for it! I once made a s'mores stout with real graham crackers in the mash and Hershey's chocolate and Marshmallows in the boil. It was terrible. But it wa fun to brew. And hell, I may try it again with some more modifications someday. ;)

Check this out, graham crackers, chocolate malt, and marshmallow flavoring:

to each their own, but  :o

Beer Travel / Drinking my way through the Carribean
« on: March 27, 2015, 09:17:20 AM »
Leaving sunday for Caribbean- Grand Turk, St. Thomas, St. John and Puerto Rico.  Looking forward to having some outstanding beer from he region. One of my favorites- St. John Brewers label:  Mango Pale Ale, Island Hoppin’ IPA, Liquid Sunshine Ale.

also going to go after a few on this top 10 list :

Got any favorites or recommendations?

Equipment and Software / Re: 14 Gallon Stainless Fermenters
« on: March 27, 2015, 05:33:47 AM »
Heh yeah I get it.  I wad in live with the man tun until you told me it couldn't be direct heated.  An insulated vessel I could use as a cooler but also direct heat if I wanted would be my dream mash tun :)

man tun..hmmm my wife might buy one of these and stick me in it when she's mad  ;D  kinda replaces the "dog house"

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Head Question
« on: March 26, 2015, 04:57:10 PM »
Here's my german pils head ... Mighty tasty froth

Equipment and Software / Re: cooler adaption
« on: March 26, 2015, 09:59:21 AM »
I'm thinking about upgrading to an Igloo cooler mashtun, but the already made ones are a bit more than I want to spend. I see some HBSs sell the weldless spigots that can be used to convert a plain cooler. Is this as easy as it seems, and easy or not does it work okay?

super easy-that's how i built my two. 10 gal igloo, unscrewed existing spigot, installed weldless spigot from bargain fittings, and hooked up the braid. i since converted from braid to copper manifold i built...also very easy and cheap.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg or Bottle?
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:40:41 AM »
kegged from day one. i only bottle specific styles of beer-hefeweizens and similar.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Type of DME for yeast starter?
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:58:12 AM »
i use light DME, but honestly doesn't matter-especially when decanting before pitching. if youre not decanting small volume starters, perhaps you may want to vary your DME-light, amber, etc. again, volume would be small so color impact would be negligible IMO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trub vs. No Trub
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:55:33 PM »
i've also found it has no perceivable negative impact.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Evaporation Rate
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:48:23 PM »
Like efficiency, I think this is a spot where it is easy to get stuck chasing the dragon. Do what works for you and makes you good beer. I am confident that I have as little boil off as possible in my current environment with my current kettle and burner. I'm happy, beer is good, I'm moving on.

Percentages of boil off are absolutely useless here, IMO. Geometry, temperature, wind, and humidity all play a role. Plus when I brew 5 gallons, the boil off is the same as when I brew 10 gallons.

^^ All of this.  I'm pretty sure I make good beer boiling off 1.2 gal/hr. If you were 1.8+/hr, it might be time to dial the burner back.

+i've not seen any conclusive data that 1 gal per hr boil is better than 1.5 gal/hr boil beer.

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